Welcome IDP Nerds to another addition of IDP waiver wire adds. In Week 3, three of the seven players (42%) mentioned turned in a double-digit fantasy performance. We expect this in deeper IDP leagues. Boom weeks will happen just like they do on the offensive side. It’s predicting consistency that is the hardest. Nick Vigil and Taron Johnson both scored double-digit fantasy points for the third straight week, making them the early favorites for the IDP waiver wire steal of the season. Let’s look at a few players we should be adding this week to our competing dynasty rosters.on.
Zach Sieler DL Miami Dolphins
When you think about how thin the DL position is in IDP leagues, you can easily become depressed. IDP managers should be looking at any advantage available to them, and this week we found one for you. Miami’s Zach Sieler has been quietly producing, and nobody is talking about him. He has finished with 10 fantasy points or more in every game this season. Despite not having a sack, his tackle numbers have increased each of the first three weeks. Sieler is playing on a pretty talented DL with Emanuel Ogbah and rookie Jaelan Phillips who understandably get the recognition. He has played 51% of the snaps in back-to-back weeks and is coming off a career-best nine tackles in Week 3. This can be a very solid add if you’re dealing with underperforming DL play early in the season.
Darrell Taylor DL Seattle Seahawks
Taylor was excited to get back this season and show the team that drafted him the impact he can make. He played his highest snap percentage of the season at 49%, most likely due to an injury suffered to starter Kerry Hyder Jr. The Seahawks 2nd year pass rusher should earn himself more playing time going forward, He’s finished with at least 14 fantasy points or more in two of three games this season. Taylor had 16.5 sacks over his final two college seasons and could finally give life to an underwhelming Seahawks defensive line.
Tae Crowder LB New York Giants
New York Giants Second-year LB Tae Crowder stepped in when Blake Martinez went down to injury in week 3. Martinez will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, leaving the Giants searching for answers at the LB position. Crowder played a season-high 61 snaps after only playing 67 through the first two weeks. He posted a career-high 11 tackles on his way to 18 fantasy points in the Giants’ week three matchup with the Atlanta Falcons. It remains to be seen if Crowder can pick up where Martinez left off in terms of production, this wouldn’t be something we can count on as IDP managers, but we have seen crazier things. Tae Crowder has a chance to be a big-time producer if he makes the most of this opportunity like Tyrell Adams did last year after Benadrick McKinney went down for the Houston Texans.
David Long LB Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titans are incredibly thin at the linebacker position while their best LB, Jayon Brown, is nursing a hamstring injury that has sidelined him the last two games. Brown missed the final six games of 2020 with an elbow injury, and David Long Jr. filled in. The former West Virginia LB collected 51 fantasy points over his last three games of 2020 and has recorded back-to-back double-digit performances this year. He has played more snaps in his previous two games and scored more fantasy points than Rashaan Evans. Jayon Brown and Rashaan Evans are both free agents after the 2021 season. David Long could find himself a starting role regardless of injury before the season ends.
Micah Hyde DB Buffalo Bills
The forgotten name in the Buffalo Bills secondary from a fantasy football perspective has been Micah Hyde. This is for good reason, as Hyde hasn’t recorded more than 160 fantasy points in a season since 2017. Hyde had his best year in 2017 with 82 tackles and 5 interceptions, totaling 228 fantasy points. The Bills DB is on fire to start the season; currently, the DB3 overall in IDP123, scoring 58.10 points through three games.
Hyde and teammate Taron Johnson are both top 6 defensive backs in scoring over their first three games. Micah Hyde has looked like a bye-week fill-in type player over the past few seasons, but he’s turning that around in the early part of 2021. Hyde has 18 tackles through three games, which is 25.71% of his total tackle production from 2020. As long as he can continue to bring a safe tackle floor, he can remain in the DB2 or DB3 range.
Nasir Adderly DB Los Angeles Chargers
Nasir Adderly was coming off a career-best 58 tackles in 2020; he’s started 2021 with 18 tackles through three games totaling 45.50 fantasy points. Adderly is one of three defensive backs for the Chargers who played 79 snaps last week. The star of the Chargers secondary Derwin James was dealing with a separated shoulder, but his teammates picked him up. Nasir Adderly is rostered and started in 0% of leagues, according to Sleeper. He’s not a must-add, but he’s a player to keep an eye on in deep dynasty leagues. Predicting consistent fantasy production for defensive backs is a bit more complicated. Adderly had nine tackles in back-to-back games, and it’s a viable strategy to ride the hot hand.
That’s it for this week, IDP Nerds. Good luck this weekend as the first month of the NFL season is wrapping up. Stay on top of your waiver wire and deep IDP league trades to improve your roster. You can never have enough depth on your dynasty teams; it’s important to absorb as much knowledge as possible to stay ahead of your league mates. Keep checking dynastynerds.com for all the IDP content and rankings to help you push for that elusive IDP dynasty fantasy football championship.